So I got "pulled over" this morning by a park ranger, who was pissy with me riding on a Bike Path through a park on my commute to work
I've been doing this happily for nearly a month now. It's a great alternative to the 40mph road with no shoulder, and I'm more than courteous to the joggers, bikers and walkers, (I even see the same two old ladies every morning and wave hi)
I tried finding any New Jersey Laws that limit Moped use to the Streets, and instead, I found that the NJ Commissioner is charged with defining where to ride.
So, I checked out the commissioners opinion... In the New Jersey Moped Manual break>
On page 25, it reads as follows:
Take bike routes: Bikeways are marked with the standard green and white bike route symbol signs. There are three kinds of bikeways:
Bike Paths. A trail off the roadway surface completely separated from vehicular traffic.
Bike Lanes. Street, roadway or shoulder treatment for separate auto and bicycle travel lanes designated by pavement markings, signs or barriers.
Bike Routes. Roads with bike route signs only. There is no
other provision for segregation of traffic.
MOPEDs are permitted on bike lanes and bike routes, with or without the motor engaged. Check local ordinances and appropriate signs. Since bikeways are used by slow-moving bicycles and often by pedestrians, MOPED operators should take a protective and cautious approach to these users.
Now then... There ARE SIGNS... Two of them (one each way) between this quarter mile mile stretch. The sign shows a standard Bike Path sign and under it says "No Motorized Vehicles." I checked with the Township... There are no ordinances having to do with Mopeds (except for some select underage penalties involving graffiti.)
That's my only Iffy Spot. I wasn't "pulled over" here, instead about a mile away from it.
The bike path weaves in and out with a main road, So My argument is that this sign is meant for Motorcycles.
What would you do? Keep riding it, Whip out the moped laws and tell him he's wrong? Or take the alternate route which adds another .75 miles?